NJ casinos on cusp of internet betting?

NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak has lobbied for internet wagering in Atlantic City casinos for years, and it looks like he just may get it. The NJ State Assembly approved an updated version of the legislation Tuesday, leading to the chance of the bill passing following a full assembly and later Senate vote December 20th.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie famously refused to sign Senator Lesniak's previous online gambling bill, S490, when such legislation arrived at his desk. Christie's tune has changed with respect to sports wagering, though it remains to be seen if he would in fact sign off on the amended legislation.

The new bill—A2578—authorizes Atlantic City casinos to enable internet wagering on select casino games, among them slot machines, poker, roulette, craps, and a number of others.

Sports wagering is not included in the legislation. SBR twice interviewed Senator Raymond Lesniak, and has followed up with his office for comment.

Other topics of today's SBR iGaming News report by anchor Natalie Rydstrom include William Hill's decision to withdraw from the Greek market. SBR reported last week that Betfair decided to pull out of Greece citing regulatory concerns. The Greek Gaming Commission issued a deadline for unlicensed operators serving the country of December 5th, promising that heavy financial sanctions as well as criminal charges would be served.

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